Martyn J. Fogg. BDS, LDSRCS, Cert Geol, BA, MSc, PhD, FRAS, FBIS.

Curriculum Vitae.

Date of birth: 3rd July 1960.

Biography: Martyn Fogg qualified as a dental surgeon from Guy's Hospital, University of London in 1982 and later also qualified with a mixed physics/geology degree from the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies, University of London and the Open University, Milton Keynes. Since that time he has devoted part of his time to dentistry and part to a career in academic scientific research and science writing a long-standing involvement in astronomy, planetary science, astrobiology and Mars exploration.

Fogg is an internationally recognized research worker in the subject of terraforming and is known to all those working in the field. He has published twelve papers on terraforming and the first technical-level book to cover the field of planetary engineering in general. One of his past projects is the Terraforming Information Pages, a web resource for those interested in terraforming and planetary engineering in general.

In 2002, he graduated with an MSc in Astrophysics at Queen Mary College, University of London, with a dissertation on free-floating planets and then in 2008 completed a PhD in planetary formation involving the modelling of  the formation of terrestrial planets in the presence of giant planet migration. In recent years he has been studying philosophy and logic at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Society Affiliations: Royal Astronomical Society, British Interplanetary Society.

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Important notes for three categories of people who often try to contact me:

a) Media people. I am no longer doing media interviews of any sort.

b) Book enquiries. I regularly receive enquiries asking where a copy of my book Terraforming: Engineering Planetary Environments can be obtained. This book is out of print and second hand copies on Amazon are selling at ten times the original price! An electronic reconstruction of the book, Chapters 1 -- 7, can be downloaded from my page. Follow me on

Technical Publications.

1. "Extra-Solar Planetary Systems: A Microcomputer Simulation," JBIS, 38, 501-514 (1985).

2. "Extra-Solar Planetary Systems II: Habitable Planets in the Galaxy," JBIS, 39, 99-109 (1986).

3. "Extra-Solar Planetary Systems III: Potential Sites for the Origin and Evolution of Technical Civilisations," JBIS, 39, 317-324 (1986).

4. "Temporal Aspects of the Interaction of the First Galactic Civilisations: The Interdict Hypothesis," Icarus, 69, 370-384 (1987). Scanned paper.

5. "The Terraforming of Venus," JBIS, 40, 551-564 (1987).

6. "The Feasibility of Intergalactic Colonisation and its Relevance to SETI," JBIS, 41, 491-496 (1988).

7. "Unbound Planets," Earth, Moon, and Planets, 43, 123-130 (1988). Scanned paper.

8. "The Relevance of the Background Impact Flux to Cyclic Impact/Mass Extinction Hypotheses," Icarus, 79, 382-395 (1989). Scanned paper.

9. "Solar Exchange as a Means of Ensuring the Long-Term Habitability of the Earth," Specul. Sci. Technol., 12, 153-157 (1989).

10. "The Creation of an Artificial Dense Martian Atmosphere: A Major Obstacle to the Terraforming of Mars," JBIS, 42, 577-582 (1989).

11. "Stellifying Jupiter: A First Step to Terraforming the Galilean Satellites," JBIS, 42, 587-592 (1989).

12. "Accretion Powered Blue Stragglers," Specul. Sci. Technol., 13, 20-25 (1990).

13. "Interstellar Planets," Comments Astrophys., 14, 357-375 (1990). Scanned paper.

14. "Terraforming as Part of a Strategy for Interstellar Colonisation," JBIS, 44, 183-192 (1991).

15. "An Estimate of the Prevalence of Biocompatible and Habitable Planets," JBIS, 45, 3-12 (1992). Scanned paper.

16. "A Synergic Approach to Terraforming Mars," JBIS, 45, 315-329 (1992).

17. "Terraforming: A Review for Environmentalists," The Environmentalist, 13, 7-17 (1993).

18. "Dynamics of a Terraformed Martian Biosphere," JBIS, 46, 293-304 (1993).

19. Terraforming: Engineering Planetary Environments, SAE International, Warrendale, PA (1995).

20. "Exploration of the Future Habitability of Mars," JBIS, 48, 301-310 (1995).

21. "Terraforming Mars: Conceptual Solutions to the Problem of Plant Growth in Low Concentrations of Oxygen," JBIS, 48, 427-434 (1995). Scanned paper.

22. "The Utility of Geothermal Energy on Mars," JBIS, 49, 403-422 (1996). Scanned paper.

23. "Terraforming Mars: A Review of Current Research," Adv. Space Res., 22(3), 415-420, (1998). Scanned paper.

24. "Artesian Basins on Mars: Implications for Life-Search, Settlement and Terraforming," in J.A. Hiscox (Ed.), The Search for Life on Mars, pp. 66-72, British Interplanetary Society, London (1999).

25. "The Ethical Dimensions of Space Settlement," IAA-99-IAA.7.1.07 presented at the 50th International Astronautical Congress, Amsterdam (1999); Space Policy, 16, 205-211 (2000) Preprint. Paper.

26. "On the Possibility of Terraforming Mars," Architectural Design, 70(2), 66-71, (2000). (Reprint of Ref. 23).

27. "A Mathematical Model of Terraforming Mars," (co-authored with C.P. McKay), unpublished MS (2001).

28. "Free-Floating Planets: Their Origin and Distribution," Astrophysics MSc Thesis, Queen Mary College, University of London (2002). Link

29. "Oligarchic and Giant Impact Growth of Terrestrial Planets in the Presence of Gas Giant Planet Migration," (co-authored with R.P. Nelson) Astron. Astrophys., 441, 791-806 (2005). Paper.

30. "On the Possibility of Terrestrial Planet Formation in Hot-Jupiter Systems," (co-authored with R.P. Nelson) Intnl. J. Astrobiol., 5(3), 199-209 (2006). Paper.

31. "On the Formation of Terrestrial Planets in Hot-Jupiter Systems," (co-authored with R.P. Nelson) Astron. Astrophys., 461, 1195-1208 (2007). Paper.

32. "The Effect of Type I Migration on the Formation of Terrestrial Planets in Hot-Jupiter Systems," (co-authored with R.P. Nelson) Astron. Astrophys., 472, 1003-1015 (2007). Paper.

33. "Can Terrestrial Planets Form in Hot-Jupiter Systems?" in D. Fischer et al., "Extreme Solar Systems, " (co-authored with R.P. Nelson) ASP Conference Series, 398, 525-528 (2008). Preprint.

34. "Terrestrial Planet Formation in Exoplanetary Systems," PhD Thesis (2008). Download. Caution 27 Mb!

35. "Terrestrial Planet Formation in Low Eccentricity Warm Jupiter Systems," (co-authored with R.P. Nelson) Astron. Astrophys., 498, 575-589 (2009). Paper.

36. Long, K.F., Fogg, M.J.,Obousy, R., Tziolas, A., Mann, A., Osborne, R. and Presby, A., "Project Icarus: Son of Daedalus - Flying Closer to Another Star,"  JBIS, 62, 403-416 (2009). Preprint.

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